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    September 5, 2012
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it's that yellow alert. you get under one of these storms, they could put down heavy downpours and slow you down and impact an afternoon or evening event. the better chances late will be south of town of the here's a look at our day planner. it's a muggy morning out there, 70s, even near 80. low 80s by noon with mid- to upper 80s for highs today. 85 at 5:00. winds southwest 5 to 10. a line of showers and storms extending from new england new england, pennsylvania, western maryland and west virginia. some of this is coming slower toward the northern then down ya valley. cumberland, glare -- the shenandoah valley. cumberland, garrett county. we'll be watching this cross the region as we go through the morning. 73 in winchester and leesburg. culpeper and manassas are 75. on the bay 80 in annapolis, easton. with enough sunshine, we could be closer to 90 this afternoon. it will be muggy either way. 5:00 a.m., monika samtani,
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timesaver traffic. thank you so much. good morning, everybody. if you're planning to head around town, this is what it looks like on the beltway. no problems to report. all of that overnight construction has been cleared up. we're going to first take a look if you're planning to head in on the dulles toll road or 66, lanes are open coming in from the west. no issues in tysons corner, an dan dale and down into -- annandale and down into springfield as well. we'll take a live look out of manassas. looking good. a bit of volume forming early o. that's the way it's going to be heading into fall, the fall traffic pattern. let's go back over to the maps and this time we'll head to the inside of the beltway 395. passing the pentagon to the 14th street bridge you're fine. no problems on 295 to the 11th street bridge and a live look at the 14th street bridge crossing the river here. traffic looks really good. we'll be back in a few minutes with more traffic at 5:09. back to you, andrea and mike. >> thank you. the first ladies took center stage in campaign 2012. michele obama addressed
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delegates at the democratic national convention in charlotte, north carolina. >> she made the pitch for the president personal telling americans they can trust her husband. susan mcginnis has more. >> reporter: michele obama had everyone on the convention floor on their feet. >> i love michele obama. i love her. >> reporter: some had tears in their eyes as mrs. obama spoke passionately about her husband. >> i have seen firsthand that being president doesn't change who you are. no, it reveals who you are. >> reporter: she says this president is a man whose upbringing and family values means he'll look out for all americans. >> whether it comes to rebuilding our economy, barack obama is thinking about folks like my dad and like his grandmother. that's why he cuts taxes for working families and small businesses and fought to get the auto industry back on its feet. >> reporter: while the first lady stayed mostly away from
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politics, keynote speaker julian castro dove right in. he got the crowd here fired up when he answered the question are we better off today than we were four years ago. >> four years ago america stood on the brink of a depression in spite incredible odds and united republican opposition, our president took action and now we've seen 4.5 million new jobs. >> reporter: castro also made a pitch to his tannic voters. >> because he -- hispanic voters. >> because he knows we don't have an ounce of talent to waste, the. took the action of lifting the shadow of deportation. >> reporter: tonight president clinton will be the star. >> they have clint eastwood. we have the clintons. i think we win. >> reporter: leshare why -- he will share how he got the economy rolling and that president obama can do it as well. >> when he left office, the economy was in a far better condition than it was when he took office. >> reporter: for those watching
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at home, president clinton will have to compete with the start of the n.f.l. season. susan mcginnis, cbs news, charlotte. republican mitt romney could have a tougher time winning the battleground state of virginia. that's because the state board of elections is going to allow a third party candidate to appear on the ballot after certifying his petitions yesterday. that third party candidate is former congressman goud. he's running at the constitution party's candidate. he's popular with conservatives in southwestern virginia and that could draw away crucial votes from mitt romney. the results are in from tuesday's special election in northern virginia. the 45th district house seat was up for grabs after democrat david englin resigned over an extramarital affair. the state board of elections website shows the democrat got 75% of the vote. the district includes parts of fairfax and arlington counties and the city of alexandria. a public memorial service for astronaut neil armstrong
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will be held next week right here in northwest washington. the national cathedral will host the service next thursday, september 13. arl strong was the first -- armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. he died last month at the age of 82. the service begins at 10:00 a.m. and is open to the public. it will be streamed live on the cathedral's website as well as nasa's website. it's time for the latest your money report of the morning. >> let's talk wall street. the lovely jessica doyle is here to talk about numbers. good morning. >> good morning to both of you. we're coming off sort of the dead of the day for wall street. it was a mixed day. at least the upside is we weren't down across the board. some stocks were able to overcome downbeat reports on construction spending and manufacturing. and investors have a new crop of economic indicators to look over later today. checking the numbers, the dow stands at 13,036 after dropping 55 points. nasdaq up by 8. s&p 500 was down by 2 points. facebook stock touched an
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all-time low in trading yesterday. at the same time c.e.o. mark zuckerberg says he's not going to sell stock in his company for at least the next 12 point months. but face -- 12 months. but facebook disclosed rank and file can start selling. today starbucks is selling a deal. you pay $5 for a $10 gift card. you can find the offer right now on living social. this deal is being seen as a vote of confidence for the district-based daily deal site. in the meantime living social's main rival groupon also saw its shares hit an all time low during trading yesterday. as for the deal, already about 400,000 have sold and it went live last night just for starbucks frequent buyers. now it's open to everybody. >> my goodness. >> it's a big deal. >> sure is. you're coming back. you have any deals for us in the next 30 minutes? >> we're going to have daily deals in about 45 minutes. you'll want to stick around for that. but in the meantime we'll tell
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you about the late e and greatest coming -- latest and greatest coming out of the technology sector in the next 30 minutes. >> thank you very much. an election night strictry -- night victory speech is interrupted by gunfire. that's coming up. >> a possible tornado caused a lot of damage not too far from the d.c. area. >> ahead in sports, the nationals offense has a field day against the league's second worst team. we'll be right back.
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welcome back. coming up on 5:09. howard here with your weather first on this very muggy wednesday morning. we have temps in the 70s to even near 80. watching a few showers and storms in west virginia. we'll see if they could hold together and get here a little later this morning. our day planner calling for temperatures by lunch time to be in the low if not mid-80s. we'll top out in the mid- to upper 80s. a couple of showers and storms here and there but it will not be an all day rain by any stretch. i'll be back in a few minutes with a look toward the weekend. right now monika with a look at the morning commute. this is a great time to head out on the northbound side of i-395 where lanes are open and volumes still light early on leaving the beltway to the 14th street bridge and across the potomac river here. i'll have pore on traffic in a few minutes. -- more on traffic in a few minutes. a gunman opened fire at a victory rally last night in montreal, canada shooting two people and killing one. quebec's premier-elect pauline
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marois was whisked off the stage as she gave her victory speech. she was not hurt. police arrested a 50-year-old man and found two guns at the scene. jury deliberations in the drew peterson trial start later this morning. the former police sergeant is accused of murdering his third wife. kathleen savio's body was found in a bathtub in 2004. peterson wasn't charged till after his fourth wife stacy disappeared in 2007. she's still missing. amateur video shows the ominous clouds from a destructive storm last night in new jersey. the national weather service has not determined whether the reported funnel clouds ever reached the ground to become tornadoes but the storm did take down trees, damaged cars and homes. still a little thick out there today. howard said we could see some thunderstorms later thank. he'll detail that. plus, the seven-day forecast has high temperatures ranging from the 90s all the way down to the 70s. he has details at 5:15. >> in sports at 5:22, the
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orioles pull into a first place -- [indiscernible] -- with the yankees. >> the two-month-old missing snake mystery in virginia at a shopping mall, the whole thing has been solved. we'll be right back.
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good morning. welcome back. it is 5:13. 79 degrees. the beltway looks great. it is incident free. i want to let you know there's a disabled vehicle inbound on i-
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66 after route 234 business. it's in the right lane and right now with the rush hour volumes increasing earlier, you will find a tiny bit of slow traffic because of that disabled vehicle. other than that, 270 looks great coming in from gaithersburg down to rockville, bethesda and the point where the lanes divide. we'll take a live look outside and show what you it looks like a little further north route 109. this begins to load up early but remains incident free. now back to the maps, this time bw parkway route 50 inside the beltway through cheverly. no issues as you head into the northeast corridor. all the potomac and anacostia river crossings by the way are incident free. a last live look into college park or sorry south of town at the wilson bridge. things look great here as well across the river. i'll be back with more traffic at 5:24. back to you. >> thank you, monika. it is 5:14. things looking great at this hour on the roadways and we don't have any rain to complicate matters, not even fog. >> no. it's been a little too breezy for the fog. it's certainly muggy enough for the fog. humidity levels way up.
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temperatures way up. so is the allergy count. the mold spores and grass pollen was high yesterday. weed came from high to moderate. maybe that helps you a smidge. i don't know. weather wise this morning, we've got mostly cloudy skies on our bus stop forecast. it is a warm, muggy morning with isolated showers. we're seeing them in western maryland and west virginia. they'll be approaching the northern shenandoah valley probably within the hour. we'll watch that. then moving toward the east at about 30 miles an hour. temperatures as i said well in the 70s in many areas, in fact, we'll be climbing into the low if not mid-80s by lunch time. mid- to upper 80s for highs. maybe near 90 if we get enough sunshine with a 5:00 p.m. temperature around 85. southwest winds 5 to 10. you'll notice the thunderstorm symbol 9:00, noon and 5:00. we could have the threat for a couple of showers and storms here and there all day long. we're watching it this morning in pennsylvania, western maryland, west virginia. a little lightning and thunder near the elkins area but in toward winchester, you guys have to watch out to our west
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because in west virginia from paw paw back toward fort ashby, we've got some showers right on the river there. then from baker coming out of morefield, we have the showers headed toward strasburg, woodstock. you guys will be seeing that i think within the hour. temperatures this morning running in the 70s. mid-70s fairfax. it's 76 in haymarket. 77 alexandria and laurel. college park this morning 79. even in baden 77. so real sticky, warm july like morning even though it's september 5. outside on our michael & son weather cam, good visibility here in tysons corner under mostly cloudy skies. 79 degrees. winds out of the south at 11. that's why we don't have any fog. the air is mixed up. fog can't settle down and form humidity. i hope the ac has been working well where you are. we're sticky. big time heat in texas and oklahoma. another day near 105 for them. notice up north, lots of 70s now in the northern part of the
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country. so we've got some cooler air, milder air if you will trying to come into the northern plains. it looks like we'll get into a little bit of that early next week. this morning we're watching clusters of storms here from minnesota up in toward the chicago area. you can only imagine what this next batch of storms could be doing for air travel this morning in through o'hare and midway. we've got a thin line of showers and storms stretched out from new england, across pennsylvania, back into eastern kentucky. this is what we'll be watching over the next few hours as this comes through the region. by lunch time we'll see a couple of showers around. maybe a few more south and east. then in the afternoon maybe a higher chance for the showers and storms south of town than north of town with those temperatures well up in the 80s. average highs 83. we'll get there but maybe not until the end of the week or the weekend really. 87 today if not 89. a couple of showers and storms. we've got the yellow alerts. tonight back in the 70s for the most part for lows.
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93 tomorrow. friday 93. fewer storms the next couple of days but showers and storms will increase saturday. 87. sunday i think annual early shower or -- an early shower or two, 82. look at the milder weather. monday and tuesday, highs stay in the 70s. a ravens holdout makes the deal just in time for the start of the regular season. >> if you believe in the phrase chick dig the long boy, boy, it was ladies night at nats park because the cubs. highlights coming up in sports. >> we want to take another look at our question of the morning. according to a new survey, americans say this is the number one item that's a must have at a picnic. is it a, music, b, beer, or c, a frisbee? >> our facebook friend linda says the answer is a no brainer. i don't drink and too old to chase a frisbee but i can still rock so bring on the music. boom boxes are still in, right? so what do you think? post your response on our facebook page. we'll have the answer in our
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welcome back to your weather first here at 5:21 on this wednesday morning. this very muggy wednesday morning. we've got temperatures this morning 70s and 80s. isolated showers. they're not so much in virginia as they are in west virginia. the trend for them moving east is certainly one we'll be dealing with this morning. 80 degrees by 9:00. as we head towards the lunch hour, northern areas might not see as much clouds as southern
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areas. this afternoon a couple of showers and storms, highs in the mid- to upper 80s. andrea and mike? >> thanks, howard. the orioles play their way into first place tied with the yankees. >> while the nationals provided fans with extra souvenirs. kristen berset has highlights in your morning sports. good morning, everybody. before the game against chicago, skipper davey johnson said he felt the nationals' recent five-game skid kind of helped reenergize his ball club. i think he was right. the nats have now won six of the last seven games averaging eight runs a game since snapping that streak. last night was more of the same against the cubbies and it didn't take long to get the crowd fired up. ian desmond, adam la roche and tyler moore, four home runs in the first four innings to put the nats up 8-1. another solid outing by pitcher edwin jackson in just five and two-thirds
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innings. he picked up his ninth win of the season. the nats totaled six home runs last night with a big win 11-5 the final over chicago. the baltimore orioles in the midst of a pennant race. last night no doubting that this team came to play. mark reynolds got the ball rolling in the 5th, a three-run shot to left, his 17th of the season. the orioles piled it on. after that baltimore wins 12-0 over toronto. they share first place in the al east with the new york yankees. the holdout by ravens bryant mckinney is over. the offensive tackle and the team were finally able to agree on a deal. the ravens on the verge of releasing mckinney before he agreed to restructure his deal which cuts his salary by $1 million. they didn't feel the dispute with be a distraction to the team. >> really no concern about that. i don't think it will be an issue at all. guys are pros and guys
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understand the business aspect of all this stuff. he's a hard worker, a pro, a raven. i'm really happy about that. >> that's a quick look at sports this morning. i'm kristen berset. have a great wednesday. a man who used to terrorize redskins quarterbacks will now be verbal sparring with kelly rip came. yes, rip pa announced michael strayhan will be the new cohost. he was among 59 guest cohosts who auditioned for the permanent roll. he is 40 years old and also appears on fox's n.f.l. sunday. >> which is in los angeles so that means a lot of flying across the country for him. >> yes, it does. still ahead, it appears we're just days away from seeing apple's newest iphone. that story is coming up. >> plus first lady michele obama riles the round at the
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democratic national convention. >> on the northbound side of i- 95, here's what it looks like in dumfries if you're heading toward springfield. you'll do fine. it is a bit slow down in quantico. i'll be back with more exciting traffic at 5:29. you're watching 9news now. stay with us.
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. you don't know what you're missing when you're in commercial. welcome back to 9news now. i'm andrea roane. i'm mike hydeck. thank goodness it's wednesday. monika samtani, how are you? >> i'm great now. >> howard and i are keeping decorum. he has your forecast. sticky and steamy. there's a tropical storm michael in the eastern atlantic. >> of course. >> it's not doing much. it's not going to bother many people.
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>> it's whacky wednesday, everybody. >> we have a lot of humidity out there and a couple of showers and isolated storms in western maryland and west virginia. we'll have to watch if that stuff crosses us a little later this morning. here's your day planner. got still a lot of darkness to go through. another 80 minutes or so. 7 on minutes or so until the sunrise. 6:41. an hour and 11, 71 minutes. 82 by noon with highs mid- to upper 80s. we're talking about partly to mostly cloudy skies. this is what we're looking at for the morning stuff over the next few hours. this activity which is coming through western maryland now into the west virginia panhandle, coming south of elcanes tracking up to the northern -- elkins tracking up to the north shenandoah valley. probably on and off showers there for a couple of showers. the 70s everywhere. low 70s north and west. still 80, sticky, steamy yucky degrees in annapolis right now. 5:29. here comes miss giggles monika samtani with timesaver traffic. there's a lot to giggle
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about. that's because right now things are looking good. but it may not be a laughing matter later on when you have to deal with all the delays. if you're heading out the door right now, it's a great time to go. no problems out of manassas. there was a disabled vehicle after business route 234. no big deals there in the right lane. again that should be cleared. no problems as you head in from centreville to fairfax. let's take a live look inside the beltway in the rosslyn area. nice and clear at lynn street here, 66 again inside the beltway in rosslyn. back over to the maps this time to the other side of town. coming in from northern montgomery county, you're going to be fine. rockville, aspen hill, wheatton over to the beltway. right now no delays on the outer loop as you leave college park into silver spring and a live look if you're planning to head south, this loads up quickly. you can see the volume heading toward 121. lanes are open. i'll be back with more traffic at 5:39. back to you. >> thanks, monika. see you then. her husband is battling for a second term in the white house and first lady michele
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obama had a big job at the democratic national convention. >> she remains a widely popular figure but the first lady is doing her best to boost her husband's appeal. 9 news reporter kristen fisher has more on how she did from our satellite center. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. michele obama has always been a very good public speaker but she's become even better after four years of first lady giving speeches all over the world. last night she had charisma, energy. she rallied the base. and she really tried to remind the independent voters of why they voted for her husband four years ago. >> i have seen firsthand that being president doesn't change who you are. no, it reveals who you are. >> reporter: michele obama needed to do something very similar to what ann romney did one week ago. she needed to humanize her husband, make him seem more appealing, more ak esible. she -- accessible. she also very subtly attacked romney without using his name.
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she used personal stories to draw contrast between her husband's upbringing and the more privileged upbringing of his opponent. she also said that the reasons she loves the president should be the same reasons that voters reelect him. >> i'd -- i love that he's never forgotten how he started. i love that we can trust barack to do what he says he's going to do even when it's hard, especially when it's hard. i love that for barack. there is no such thing as us and them. he doesn't care whether you're a democrat, a republican, or none of the above. he knows that we all love our country. >> reporter: by all accounts you can see first lady really delivered a home run last night. two other big name politicians that spoke very eloquently last night and are well known in this area, former virginia governor tim kaine and maryland governor martin o'malley. both of them gave speeches last night and i'll have some
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highlights from their talks coming up in half an hour at 6:00. >> kristin fisher reporting from our satellite center. president obama spoke to 11,000 people yesterday in norfolk, virginia, and last week mitt romney and paul ryan stopped in norfolk, right after the republican national convention. here's another sign of just how crucial winning virginia is this fall. this is the seating arrangement for the democratic convention. you can see virginia has won of the coveted floor seat sections compared with maryland and d.c. their spots are in the far back corner. i guess you'd call that an obstructed view maybe. >> maybe, yes. might not have paid as much for their tickets. 5:33 now. d.c. police are investigating another robbery and attack near capitol hill. a male victim recovering if minor injuries but police say two men approached him on north carolina avenue in southeast. one had a handgun and they demanded hispersonnal property. the men -- his personal property. the men pushed him to the ground and beat him before they
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took off. neighbors around the area are pretty apprehensive. >> we're obviously concerned. we're pretty close to the capitol so this doesn't happen very often. >> i hope it's -- definitely hope it gets figured out soon because it's very uncomfortable. for us that's pretty close to where we live. >> the victim in last month's attack near capitol hill is improving. his name is thomas maslin. he's been upgraded from serious to fair condition. he went to a nationals game back on august 18 and out for a drink on capitol hill with friend. he was found unconscious after being beaten just a few blocks from his home. an arlington woman make as deal to avoid a possible death sentence. 48-year-old natalia wilson pleaded guilty yesterday to to counts of capital murder. you may remember wilson admitted she thought of her husband's ex-wife as a romantic rival. back in february 2010, the woman was found dead stabbed to death more than 50 times and
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her son with his throat slashed. kenyan mcduffy wants all relevant agencies to use their resources and create a relief fund for the bloomingdale section of washington, d.c. he hopes constituent will ask for federal assistance. bloomingdale and nearby areas have had ongoing flood issues. mayor vincent gray has set up a task force to look into possible solutions. it is 5:35. time for another your money report. jessica doyle is back with the latest and greatest from apple. >> the worst kept secret in the world is about to be spilled officially next week. do you know a -- did you know a new iphone was in the works? crazy, right. the company has invited reporters to a news event next wednesday in san francisco. word is apple will introduce the iphone 5 or whatever it ends up calling the latest
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version of this phone. among the devices rumored, new features, a slightly larger screen, a faster processor and a smaller dock connector. that's the thing that charges at the bottom. it's possible the new phone will include technology that will make it easier for shoppers to make payments through their phone. a bad sign from fed ex. the company is warming the global economy is weak so it's cutting its earnings expectations. its speedy shipping division has been hit hard as customers shift to slower delivery methods to conserve cash as the economy slid down. a lot of folks look at delivery companies like fed ex as an indicator of the overall economy. one sector not having trouble right now is the automakers. lots of people have been heading to the car lots lately. big pickup sales actually carried overall auto sales to their highest level in three years. demand for full size pickups jumped 16% in august. that's in spite of high gas prices. part of the reason y autos are simply wearing out. the average vehicle on the
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roads now a days is nearly 11 years old. people have no choice. they've got to replace these things at some point. >> getting there. i'm at 12 years old. >> mine's eight. what's interesting is a lot of people are still buying the gas guzzlers despite $3 and $4 gas. >> i'm hanging on. i like having no car payment. >> totally agree. >> thanks, jess. this morning the saga of a missing snake in virginia has been solved. that story still ahead. >> schools are in session. how about music appreciation. you can do it right here on channel 9. a special event today at our studios. a free jazz concert. marcus johnson performing in front of our building 4100 wisconsin avenue northwest from 11:30 through 1:00 p.m. so bring your lunch. stop by. just enjoy the free concert. we'll also be streaming is live on our website wusa9.com. >> really good. [ telephone rings ]
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welcome back. 5:39. your weather first from the weather terrace on this wednesday morning. it's a warm, muggy, slightly breezy morning out here. you're thinking september and it should be cool but it's not. here's the day planner. we've got temperatures which should be climbing into the 80s shortly. in fact, low if not mid-80s by lunch time. highs mid- to upper 80s. enough sun, near 90. it's not going to be raining all day but the threat of showers and storms will be with us this morning right through the afternoon. let's go inside to a much more comfortable monika samtani with timesaver traffic. thank you so much. if you're planning to head to georgetown, you want to be aware of the overnight construction still in place on the key bridge at m street just out of this camera shot. it may slow you down just a bit through the area and should be cleared up shortly. i'll be back with more traffic coming up at 5:49. >> thanks, monika. you drive the dulles toll road in your commute? the metropolitan washington airports authority is now holding public hearings about possible toll hikes, the proposed ones. the first hearing tomorrow 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
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at stone bridge high school in ashburn. two more hearings are scheduled for next week. the proposal calls for three years of hikes. tolls could hit $4.50 by 2015. the money would help fund metro's silver line. maryland highway crews are scheduled to start removing a group of large trees in chevy chase. five big elm trees along wisconsin avenue between norwood drive and cumberland avenue need to come down. the work starts today weather permitting. drivers will have to squeeze by because of lane closures. i've been combing through the day's daily deals and retailer websites to find you deep discounts. here are some of my favorites. learn some fancy dance moves with this one. you'll pay $49 for two private dance lessons, two group classes and two open practice sessions normally a $388 value. this deal is good for multiple local arthur murray studio locations. you'll find it right now on
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groupon. you can also bliss out with a massage in mclean. pay $45 for a 60 minutes swedish mass soon at bela luna day spa. 50% off with this deal on google offers. raise a cup of joe to this one and you'll probably want to act fast if you want 50% off at starbucks. pay five bucks for a $10 gift card. you can find the offer on living social n. one could sell -- social. this one could sell out fast. if you're a local merchant with a deal for our viewers, i would love to hear from you on facebook. over to you guys. >> thanks, jess. it has been a year since tropical storm lee hit. there are still some roads damaged then that aren't fixed now. we'll take a look at why this is taking so long. >> plus, do you still shiver at thoughts of know ma get don? -- of snowmageddon? an area almanac predicts we could be in for another one this winter. actor comedian bob newhart
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is 83. pittsburgh pirates bill mazeroski is 76. racquel welch is 72. he took a turn playing batman actor michael keaton is 61. and rose mcgowan turns 39 today. we'll be right back. happy birthday if it's your day, too. ♪ [ harry umlaut ] hey you know what, i speak european. [ sally umlaut ] european isn't a language. i think they speak all kinds over there.
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two december nor'easters, 15 heavy snow days and asmuch as 50 inches of snow. >>hat i would like to do is take that report and then go just before last year's winter and see what the almanac said about last year's winter. >> i do know that a friend at state college pennsylvania are also calling for a snowy winter in the east. for me it's early. we usually come out on our prediction in early november. i'm watching these things and find it entertaining. >> get the snow shovels now. don't wait till later on. >> we had two inches of snow last year so i think it's safe to say this will be a more active winter than last year. let's get you going with a loot at our day planner. doesn't feel anything close to winter this morning. warm and muggy. warm, muggy, isolated showers out there with
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a sunrise not until 6:41 this morning. we'll see a couple of showers or storms here and there during the day today. not going to rain -- won't even rain half the time i think. maybe a quarter of the time at most. 85 at 4:00 p.m. highs could be near 90 with enough sunshine and even this evening still an isolated shower can't be ruled out. we're watching such coming out of western maryland and western virginia toward the northern shenandoah valley. i want to show you the dom letter from berkley springs down -- doppler from berkley springs down. over toward strasburg and winchester, stephen city, this is almost toward i-81 as it comes across the stateline moving east at 40 miles an hour. and a little shower between new market and woodstock which is going to track probably just north of luray here over the next little while. temperatures, they're running in the 70s. a balmy morning. 73 for winchester. 77 in fredricksburg. and 74 in catlett from charlie.
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a sticky 79 in reidville and pax river, easton. here in d.c. this morning we are way warm. our michael & son weather cam great visibility in spite of having mostly cloudy skies. 79 degrees. winds up out of the south at 11 this morning. that breeze is keeping the fog from forming with humidity 79%. got moisture stretched out from southwestern virginia all the way up into new england. so that's what we're watching this morning. then clusters of storms also in the midwest approaching chicago. you have a flight through chicago this morning, check with the airlines. there could be delays with the clusters of storms. for us a few scattered showers and storms. looks like the activity will be more south and east this afternoon than north and west as we get up well into the 80s. if we get enough sunshine, we might see temperatures poking toward the 90-degree mark and we'll have fewer storms over the next couple of afternoons so consequently we'll be even hotter. 87 today. tonight back in the 70s. the scattered showers and storms today. a few storms tomorrow afternoon but fewer than today, 93. i think just an isolated storm
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at most on friday, 93. the weekend features increasing rain chances saturday, 87. sunday 82. a front will come through so i think sunday morning has a chance for a lingering shower or storm. look how nice the forecast is. monday and tuesday upper 70s. those lows in the low 60s, that's at reagan national. 5:49. timesaver traffic. right now you're just basically dealing with a lot of volume. there had been a couple of little incidents, a disabled vehicle northbound on 95 near route 630 coming up toward aquia harbor. that was cleared to the right shoulder but left a few brake lights now. other than that things are looking a tiny bit slow as you try to get into triangle and across the river in woodbridge. we'll take a live look in springfield and again just that volume forming. this is what it looks like as you leave route 644 headed for the beltway and 395 which still looks good through landmark to the 14th street bridge. back over to the maps. this time we'll go all the way to the north side of town. first of all there is an accident out in frederick
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eastbound i-70 after route 17. apparently it's blocking two lanes there. southbound 270 is beginning to slow down leaving frederick toward clarksburg. that's normal for 5:50 in the morning. now we'll take a live look outside southbound 270 at falls road. this is still good as you head for the point where the lanes divide and across the american legion bridge. i'll be back with more at 6:00. this time last year hurricane irene was just starting to fade which tropical storm lee dumped even more rain on the mid-atlantic. >> that was a rough couple of weeks. lee washed away more than a dozen bridges and roads in fairfax county. surae chinn looks into the rebuilding efforts and the search for some stronger solutions. >> reporter: folks here remember there was no bridge here last year washed away by the flood waters of tropical storm lee. in its place these rocks and a temporary fix. now a year later like so many bridges here washed away that day, there's been no permanent
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fix. >> i remember the bridge being swept up and how horrible that was for us. >> reporter: charlotte edwards had to take the long way around just to do her errands because of the lost bridge. >> i think it was two and a half miles out of my way just to get out of my house to go the other way and around. >> reporter: it took to months for vdot to fix it. >> it seemed like years but it was definitely a long time. all the roads were going up to route 7 were washed out. and we used to joke we live on a cul-de-sac. >> reporter: overbearing flood waters wiped out bridges across fairfax county creating sink holes that cars fell into. >> we'll always have the challenge. there will be storms that are in excess of the design capacity. they can't afford to design every bridge to meet the ultimate rainstorm. >> they should spend the money to do it right and build -- build a bridge down here. stop piecemealing it. this has been going on for 0 years. >> reporter: fairfax county board of supervisor john foust said they're in the works to
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make a stronger structure to with stand the rain. >> if something happens, we'll be ready to respond. >> not much you can do about mother nature. >> reporter: it will cost roughly $1 to $1.5 million to replace each bridge and we're still a year to two years away from completion. for now we have to watch and hope another storm doesn't wash them away. in fairfax county, surae chinn, 9news now. making news now at 5:53, this may look like snow at first glance, but that is sand being scooped away off the highway in alabama. crews at the popular tourist destination are cleaning up after hurricane isaac there. the sand also needs to be cleaned before it gets returned to the beach. firefighters are making progress against a blaze scorching the san gabriel mountains near los angeles. at last word the fire is about 25% contained. that's up from 5% earlier this week. the other good news is the fire
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doesn't seem to be spreading towards populated areas in the foothills. airplanes are being rerouted around the volcano in guatemala. the sol obtain crow recently -- volcano recently started spewing ash. flows have been spotted running down the side of the mountain. so far no residents have been ordered to evacuate. it is 5:54. the first lady makes her case for keeping barack obama in the white house another four years. we'll have more on that coming up. >> plus, after wandering a virginia shopping center for two months, an injured boa constrictor gets a new and safer home. >> before you tackle your next dyi project at home, you need to see my next report. you could actually be hurting your home's value and even worse putting your family in jeopardy. the pitfalls of do it yourself coming up at 6:07. you're watching 9news now.
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welcome back. a 2 moaldz mystery in charlottesville, virginia has been solved. the case of a boa constrictor loose at a shopping center. >> we spoke with the man who found the slithery reptile. >> reporter: this boa showed up in the parking lot of the boathouse restaurant right by this former employee's car. >> it was around a fossors beer can, around 7 feet long. >> reporter: the snake is something of a legend around
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seminole square. >> what i heard is the pet store here in the shopping center closed down, released their animals, and then somebody saw the boa constrictor. then one of our dsh washers saw it -- dish washers saw it one night. he decided to stab it which is why it has its injuries. >> reporter: the stab wounds still visible, the snake believed to be dead after several searches turned up empty. >> people would show up. are you here to join us to dine? no, we came to look for the snake. >> reporter: he wasn't looking for the snake. he was just there to pick up his paycheck. >> i saw it was injured. i didn't want to leave it to die. i got on the phone and tried to call everybody i could. i found the virginia reptile rescue and thought we could get it a good home instead of out here to die. my girlfriend would not let me keep it. it's a beautiful snake but i'm not allowed to keep it.
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>> that was rachel ryan reporting. after getting the snake into the box, johnny garver held on to it until the worker from the rescue crew arrived to pick it up last night. they really are nice little animals. >> he's pretty mellow. just lifted him up. >> when they get nervous, they tend to squeeze. >> don't make it nervous. thank you for watching 9 news now at 6:00 a.m. i'm andrea roane. >> no way i'm picking up that snake. good morning. >> a high school theater production -- [ multiple voices ] >> i didn't know you were a snake handler. we learn something new about you all the time. another warm, muggy, sticky start. it is going to abwarm to hot day. -- to be a warm to hot day. a break early next week. we're still 40 minutes or so before sunrise. it's dark and cloudy. 79 degrees already. we'll be in the low